McGoff Off painting on the rock

McGoff Off painting on the rock

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East Lansing, Michigan, United States
Spring 1984
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Patricia and Frank Beeman painting slogan on "The Rock," a much-used site for political speech on the Michigan State University campus. From 1979 to 1984 the Southern Africa Liberation Committee (SALC) at Michigan State University (MSU) organized the "McGoff Off" campaign seeking the removal of John McGoff's name from the Festival Stage of the Wharton Center for Performing Arts due to McGoff's public support of the apartheid South African government. McGoff, a graduate of MSU, was accused by the Department of Justice of having taken millions of dollars from the South African government which he used to try and buy the Washington Star and turn it into a propaganda organ in favor of the apartheid regime. He was accused of not registering as a foreign agent. The case was dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired.
Photo courtesy of Frank Beeman.